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How Canton residents, city battle mosquitoes

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CANTON, S.D. (KELO) — The influx of mosquitoes is impacting communities, both big and small. The city of Canton is actively battling the bugs after recent flooding.

For Canton resident Joan Arnott, the mosquitoes are making mowing her front lawn a hassle.

“Well, the last time I mowed, I also had on long pants, because I tend to attract mosquitoes and gnats. And they were so voracious, they bit me right through my clothing,” Joan Arnott said.

Today, she made sure the mosquitoes didn’t stand a chance. Arnott wore a sweatshirt, sweatpants, rubber boots and a mosquito head net in 80-degree weather to combat the pesky bugs.

Where does the rain go from rooftops, parking lots?

“I can’t go out unless I look like this. So, I try really hard not to have water for them to breed in. But with all the flooding, it’s not like they stay in their own yard,” Arnott said.

Canton’s Public Works Director, Chris Krogmann, said right now seems be the highest peak of mosquito season.

“Your adult mosquito lasts two weeks and then it’ll die off and when that happens, they’ll actually spawn more mosquitoes because they lay more eggs in standing water. So, it’s just a constant life cycle of the mosquito,” Krogmann said.

A team of five operators have been out spraying around town. They’re also using briquettes to kill off mosquito larva.

“Once the water dissipates, we can still use our tools to control the mosquitoes. Actually, at some point towards the fall, they’ll start to die off and they won’t be as bad,” Krogmann said.

The city of Canton said the spray is not harmful to humans or pets. They also try to notify residents when they are planning to spray.

Written by: The Dam Rock Station

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